Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings

Spicy garlic chicken wings that will set your mouth on fire… good thing there’s the best blue cheese dip to dunk them in and help cool down the flames!

First I must warn you… the spicy garlic chicken wings you are about to see are spicy.

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Not like sorta spicy… like real-REAL spicy! So spicy they should come with a disclaimer that reads; “Please don’t consume without consulting your primary physician first, please and thank you”. But luckily for you I’ve included the bestest blue cheese dip to help cool down your taste buds… you may want to drink it… just sayin’.

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Now, my husband would probably disagree with me on how spicy these really are… remember he’s the guy who wants to put a habanero in EVERYTHING. But my eleven-year-old would side with me that, yup these wings are pretty darn spicy and delicious and highly addictive.

Let’s begin with the dip, cool?

It’s a good idea to make the blue cheese dip in advanced. Like a good pasta dish, it tastes better after it’s spent some QT in the fridge. Ps. if you find the dip too thick, thin it down with a little milk.

Start by adding the 6 tablespoons of Greek yogurt and 4 tablespoons mayo into a small bowl. In the past I’ve used Chobani, but have since switched to Fage. 🙂

Add in the 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 garlic powder, 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar and a couple splashes of Worcestershire sauce {Psst the Worcestershire sauce is the secret ingredient!}.

Stir it all up and dump in the heaping half cup of blue cheese crumbles.

I use my spatula to break up the large clumps and then season with a little kosher salt and a lot of black pepper.

Cover and pop it into the fridge for at least a couple hours.

…two hours later…

First, pretend there is chicken in this picture. It is a key ingredient in making wings, so I’m not sure how or why I’d forget to stick it in the ingredient shot. Oh well… story of my life.

Breaking down a chicken wing is easy-peasy. Grab a sharp knife, feel for the joint and firmly sink your knife right in the middle and it should go in pretty darn easily. If you haven’t done it before, you’ll be an expert by the end.

Discard the wing tips, you only want the drumettes and wingettes.

You might have to work in batches depending on how much chicken wings you’re cooking, but that’s okay. Preheat your ovens broiler, line a rimmed sheet pan with some foil and line up some chicken-wangs.

Drizzle with just a little bit of light olive oil and pop them under the broiler, flipping every 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the skin is real, real, real crispy.

Meanwhile move on to make the sauce. You’ll need a cup of Frank’s Red Hot. I should buy Frank’s by the barrel… we go through it like people go through a loaf of bread. And by “we” I mean my husband and my eleven-year-old. They put it on burgers, popcorn, chicken tenders, tacos… and the list goes on. I like it on this and of course in this spicy garlic sauce.

Add the Franks to a small sauce pan.

Add in the sugar, garlic powder, cayenne {this is the heat that’ll sucker punch you in the face} and then the Worcestershire sauce.

Give it a stir and bring it up to a simmer.

Let it bubble while whisking for 5-10 minutes until desired consistency, remove it off of the burner for a moment.

In a large bowl, add in the egg yolk, water and the cornstarch. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw this gigantic egg yolk… it was like scary big, but it thickened this wing sauce up perfectly.

Once the yolk and cornstarch are mixed, grab a little measuring cup of the sauce.

Slowly, and I mean S-L-O-W-L-Y drizzle in the hot sauce while whisking like a crazy person. This is called “tempering” which basically means to bring the temperature of the egg mixture up closer to the temperature of the hotter ingredients. And by going slow and whisking fast it will prevent the egg from “scrambling”. After you’ve added the measuring cup of sauce, go ahead and gradually add in the rest of the sauce and stir.

The wings should get a deep golden,  more golden then the above shot… so much was going on I didn’t get the best shot of deep-golden-crispiness.

Toss the wings into the bowl with the spicy garlic sauce…

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…and toss. Try not to breathe in deep while your stirring the wings… you may choke on the fumes.

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Serve these spicy garlic chicken wings with the bestest blue cheese dip and prepare yourself for a saucy mess.

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Grab a glass of milk, a roll of paper towel, a bib and maybe a bucket of ice water to dunk your head into… and you’ll be all set.


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Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings + The Best Blue Cheese Dip

Spicy garlic chicken wings that will set your mouth on fire... good thing there's the best blue cheese dip to dunk them in and help cool down the flames!

Yield: 4-6 servings depending

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour approx.



1/2 cup (heaping) blue cheese, crumbled

6 tablespoons Greek yogurt (or Sour Cream)

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

4 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

A couple splashes of my Homemade Worcestershire sauce

kosher salt & black pepper, to taste


4-5 pounds chicken wings, broken down into wingettes and drumettes

light olive oil

1 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

1-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon my Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons cornstarch



Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Break up any large pieces of blue cheese, cover and refrigerate until ready you dip.


Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Working in batches if needed, line up the chicken pieces and drizzle with a little olive oil {not a lot!}.

Place pan 5 inches underneath the broiler, flipping every 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the skin is golden and crispy, about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the wing sauce. In a sauce pan combine the Frank's, sugar, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Stir while it is brought up to a simmer for 5-10 minutes then remove off the heat.

In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolk, water and cornstarch. Grab a small measuring cup of the hot sauce and while whisking, slowly stream it into bowl with the egg/cornstarch. Once combined, gradually add in the rest of the sauce.

Add cooked wings into the spicy garlic sauce and toss to coat.

Serve with the blue cheese dip and enjoy!

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30 Responses to “Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings”

  1. #
    Hope — September 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    If these wings are anything like Buffalo Wild Wings… I’ve died and gone to heaven!

  2. #
    Beth R. — September 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Gah!! These look so good!!

  3. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    my husband is a big fan of spicy food so he’d be all over this. I love that you added garlic to this!

  4. #
    Farah Jane — September 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Perfect football food!

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    kristy @ the wicked noodle — September 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I’m so happy that these are ACTUALLY spicy! I’m a spice hound and “spicy” typically means “mild” these days (at least in restaurants, it seems). Can’t wait to make these. YUM!!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’m SOOOOOO all over and under and into this!

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    baker street — September 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    OH my!! These are REALLY spicy but I love that its paired with a blue cheese dip. Consider this bookmarked. 🙂

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    i love A LOT of spice with my buffalo wings! And oodles of blue cheese. I am addicted to condiments. These are the BEST food to eat while watching the game. Actually, I don’t really watch football.. I just like the social aspect of getting together with friends and eating in front of the game lol 🙂

  9. #
    Jessica — September 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    love love love love love.

  10. #
    Cassie — September 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Fabulous! I love the Greek yogurt for the blue cheese dip!

  11. #
    Muna Kenny — September 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Oh my God! So delicious looking wings. love the spices you’ve used. I’m saving this right now, it is a must try for sure.

  12. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Oh my – I’m looooooving this so much. And Jason is actually a wing fanatic (he’s always requesting wings!) so I have to let him know that I’ve found an awesome recipe for him!

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    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — September 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    If my nose ain’t runnin’, it ain’t that spicy! Judging by this recipe, it will definitly be a runnin’. Looks yuuuummo!

  14. #
    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — September 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Hope that wasn’t too gross!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I probably would not be able to handle the heat on these so i’d dial them down but Jason would LOVE the heat so I guess I’d have to make 2 batches 😉 these look so good that i wouldn’t mind making separate batches! hehe, i wouldn’t have to share!

  16. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — September 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I can handle a fair amount of heat but my husband always wants more (he grew up eating AZ Mexican food). I think we’d both love these.

  17. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my husband would love these! He is a huge fan of spicy chicken wings!

  18. #
    PolaM — September 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    They sure look great!

  19. #
    Jenn — September 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Made these and LOVED them! Thank you thank YOU!

  20. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    All the guys in our family will go crazy for these! Thank you!

  21. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 16, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Need these in my life now!

  22. #
    Hollis — September 16, 2012 at 12:43 am

    How do u do it? I’m amazed!! Looks so good!!!

  23. #
    Keisha — September 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Must.Try. These. These look great! I have been trying to cut back on eating a lot of fried foods but its really hard when a buffalo wing craving kicks in. Now i can satify my craving and not feel so guilty about it

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    Amy — September 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I made these on friday and they were AMAZING! my husband said they are the best wings he’s ever had! This recipe is definitely a keeper – perfect amount of spice for us too! Thank you for the recipe!!

  25. #
    Eliana — September 18, 2012 at 2:04 am

    WOW – these wings are packed with so much incredible flavor. I love them!!!

  26. #
    Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — September 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Where were you the other night when I was craving wings and because of the craving gave in and tortured my body with Bdubs wings instead. gahhhh! Although I’m such a whimp I might have had to eat the naked wings with just the bleu cheese dip! Me and spice don’t like each other. LOOKS Amazing Laurie!

  27. #
    Michael — January 31, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Can this sauce be made a day ahead of time and be refrigerated?

  28. #
    Samantha — March 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Am I blind because it doesn’t say anywhere here what temp the oven should be?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 3rd, 2015 @ 10:01 pm

      Hi Samantha! Just heat your oven to broil! Enjoy!

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    plasterers bristol — November 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Caw this sounds nice. Thanks for posting this up.


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